The sunny New England weather blessed Radcliffe's varsity tennis team yesterday as it posted its third consecutive victory, pelting Pine Manor Jr. College, 41, at Pine Manor. The victory followed an impressive 5-0 shutout of Tufts University on Wednesday.
In singles action, freshman Denise Thal playing in the number-one spot, bounced back from Saturday's defeat in the hands of Lisa Rosenblum, Yale's three-time All-New England intercollegiate singles champ, to edge Tufts's Debbie Kurson, 7-5, 1-6, 7-6, and to demolish Pine Manor's Fayre McDonnell, 6-2 and 6-0.
In Wednesday's match against Tufts, Radcliffe freshman Sukie Magraw, playing in the number-two spot, out-dueled Sheila Ewing, 6-3, 7-5, as Rita Funaro snuck past Ronnie Sanders, 7-6, 7-5. Both Magraw and Funaro remain unbeaten in this year's singles competition.
In the doubles' contests, sophomore captain Lissa Muscatine and senior Kathy Agoos teamed up to crush Tufts's SusmanLang combination, 7-5, 6-0, while sophomores Maude Wood and Cheryl Gelzer beat Tufts's number-two doubles team, 7-5 and 6-3.
Radcliffe demonstrated its depth and versatility in yesterday's contest against Pine Manor by alternating Muscatine and Wood for Magraw and Furnaro in the number-two and-three singles spots.
Muscatine faltered in the first set against Pine Manor's Muffy MacDonald, 0-6, but struggled back to capture the match, 6-4, 6-1. In the other match, Wood found little difficulty with Pine Manor's Jane Gallagher and eased through a two-set victory, 6-3, 6-4.
Doubles combination Magraw-Agoos continued the team's winning ways by smashing Pine Manor's Pratt-Reineman duo, 6-4, 6-0. Radcliffe suffered its sole defeat during the two-day stand when Funaro and Gelzer fell, 6-2, 6-1, in the last match of the afternoon.
Radcliffe opens its home season against Brandeis on Monday, April 22 and entertains Brown in a key match on Saturday, April 27.
"The team is continuing to show great depth," Muscatine said yesterday. "We're prepared to give any team a fight."
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